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Frank M. Robinson was born in 1926. He served in the U.S. Navy during both WWII and the Korean War, and earned degrees in physics and journalism. He worked at a number of magazines, including "Science Digest, ""Rogue," "Cavalier" and "Playboy "before becoming a freelance writer. He is the author of many novels and stories, a noted collector of pulp magazines, and is executor of the estate of Harvey Milk. His novel "The Dark Beyond the Stars "won the Lambda Award. He lives in San Francisco, California.


Veteran thriller-writer Robinson (The Towering Inferno; The Power) approaches the millennium at full strength with a truly frightening and plausible story about another species of human beings, in hiding for 35,000 years and now ready to take control of the planet. Dr. Lawrence Shea finds himself stalked from Berkeley to San Francisco, then killed by a brutal, secretive telepath. Shea was a member of the Suicide Club, a set of professionals who give informal lectures for one another. TV journalist Artie Banks, a club member, probes Shea's death and finds it extremely suspicious‘especially after more doctors are killed. Other members of the club, as well as Artie's wife and disabled stepson, come under scrutiny as the facts about the secret species emerge. "Our original plan was simple: Stay hidden until all of you died in wars or starved to death in a habitat you had ruined beyond saving," a secret-race member finally explains. "Unfortunately, it's our habitat as well. In the meantime, our chances of being discovered have grown... We want you gone. Now." Robinson grips his readers by combining visceral fear with intellectual inquiry. This creepily credible tale will have his readers looking more closely at their so-called friends. (Apr.)

"A very creepy, intelligent reader's thriller...with legs. It moves, oh how it moves."--Harlan Ellison "A page-turning novel whose theme is as frightening as its story!"--David Morrell "A spellbinding novel by acclaimed master of suspense Frank M. Robinson."--"Playboy"

From the author of The Towering Inferno: a thriller billed as a cross between Neanderthal and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

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